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Pity the Nation



-Pity the nation that is full of beliefs and empty of religion.


-Pity the nation that wears a cloth it does not weave, eats a bread it does not harvest, and

drinks a wine that flows not from its own wine-press.


-Pity the nation that acclaim the bully as hero, and that deems the glittering conqueror



-Pity the nation that raises not its voice save when it walks in a funeral, boasts not except

among its ruins, and will rebel not save when its neck is laid between the sword and the



-Pity the nation whose statesman is a fox, whose philosopher is a juggler, and whose art is

the art of patching and mimicking.


-Pity the nation that welcomes its new ruler with trumpetings, and farewells him with hootings,

only to welcome another with trumpetings again.


-Pity the nation whose sages are dump with years and whose strong men are yet in

the cradle.


-Pity the nation divided into fragments, each fragment deeming itself a nation.


Khalil Gibran. THE GARDEN OF THE PROPHET. London, Heinemann (1934)

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